Jody Fannin made an outstanding debut in British GT by winning the GT4 class in both races alongside Warren Hughes in appalling conditions at Oulton Park over the Easter weekend. Before practice started on Saturday morning, Fannin's driver grading was upgraded from bronze to silver, meaning an extra 55kg of ballast was added to the car. In spite of this and no dry running due to an electrical issue in the dry practice session, the 18 year old worked down to a time good enough for pole by 2.5 seconds in his session. Warren Hughes put the car third on the grid in the second session, just over a tenth from pole which was a great effort considering the extra ballast.
Fannin made a good start from pole in race one on a wet track and had a lead of 9 seconds to the next GT4 car at the end of lap 2. "The spray on the opening lap was unlike anything Iíve had to deal with before and braking points were difficult to pick out. I settled down and saw the gap to second growing, so concentrated on keeping it tidy and getting into a rhythm." said Fannin. The gap had stretched to 20 seconds by lap 10 when the safety car was deployed. Such was his lead that the MSA Academy Squad member was the only unlapped GT4 car and was therefore not picked up by the safety car, allowing him to stretch his lead further as he was able to circulate unimpeded. At half distance he handed over to Warren Hughes who did a great job keeping out of trouble to bring the Team WFR Ginetta G50 home for a comfortable GT4 win.
The conditions for race two were even worse than the first race and this time Hughes started from P3 on the grid. He was quickly up to second place and shadowed the lead Lotus Evora of Phil Glew throughout the stint, keeping him in sight before handing over the driving duties after 35 minutes. Fannin had a deficit of over 5 seconds to Sailesh Bolisetti who had taken over driving duties from Glew in the leading Lotus. "I took my time closing the gap as the conditions were very tricky but closed up and took the lead on the exit of Lodge Corner two laps into my stint." Having stretched the gap, two laps after taking the lead, the windscreen wiper on the car stopped working. Fannin added "When the GT3 cars came past, it was very difficult to see anything. The radio also stopped working and as I couldnít see my pit board, I settled down behind the second Lotus which was a lap down and concentrated on keeping the car on the road to the end." In spite of the waterlogged electrics, the Team WFR Ginetta G50 kept going through the spray and stretched the lead to 24 seconds at the end.
Fannin and Hughes are now leading the GT4 Championship by 14 Points."Team WFR did a fantastic job with the car and having a team mate like Warren is incredible - I really enjoyed my first taste of endurance racing and can't wait for the Nurburgring in May." concluded a delighted Jody Fannin.
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